Making a house a home with Courtney

The biggest value comes from helping obtain a tenant who would easily fall in love with the property and call it their own.

Meet:
Courtney Rumble

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Courtney’s our Senior Property Manager who works closely alongside our Landlords and Tenants to provide a service which is rather unheard of in the Property Management industry.

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Courtney takes a very consultative approach in providing the greatest service for all properties she manages, current listing of 18 Glossop Street is a prime example.

 

The Landlords bought the property over to Villager from another agency whilst it was still tenanted. On Courtney’s first inspection, she could see this little charmer had an abundance of potential. She did, however, note a few areas that were starting to deteriorate, which is to be expected with a house of its age.

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“Whilst I know no one likes spending when things aren’t broken the owners understood the value of freshening up the interior. There would indeed be a financial return but the biggest value comes from helping obtain a tenant who would easily fall in love with the property and call it their own.”

 

 

Once the opportunity arose, Courtney set about organising all the trades. She met them on site to gather quotes for painting, flooring and carpet installers.

“We have a great relationship with our trades, which assist us in ensuring a quick turnaround, not only of quoting but in the commencement of work. Our painter, Andrew from ASC Painting, rescheduled his workload to accommodate us. Thanks Andrew!”

 

 

Craftsman from Newcastle Timber Flooring also named Andrew on the job doing a superb work with the sander. We are loving the end result, matt finish and all!18.Glossop.Street_NEW.LAMBTON-19And thanks to Dean Conway and the team from Independent Carpets for their speedy work.

 

From meeting the trades to quote, through to having the property up and ready for inspection, took 4 weeks.

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“I like to work closely with our Landlords to ensure a high standard of care to their property that will help attract an amazing Tenant who can easily call the property home.”

If you want to catch up with Courtney, click here.

Meet: 2 Flora Close

You will soon feel like a local with the warm welcome of this amazing community. 2 Flora is something truly special and one not to be overlooked.

2.Flora.Close_WHITEBRIDGE-6This beautifully presented double story home has it all.

 

Its proportions are carefully considered, the highlight being an outstanding master retreat on the first floor, equipped with walk-in robe and ensuite.

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With its expansive, modern and minimalistic design, this quality home provides a level of unmatched living.

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Featuring high ceilings, ample storage space and a great outdoor entertaining area including a pool set amongst the bushland reserve.

 

 

Enjoy the cooling ocean breeze for which Whitebridge is renowned.

2.Flora.Close_WHITEBRIDGE-50You will soon feel like a local with the warm welcome of this amazing community. 2 Flora is something truly special and one not to be overlooked.

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To find out more contact Ally by clicking here.

To find out more about the Whitebridge community click here

Welcome home

Surrounded by tranquil gardens, this wonderful freestanding home boasts contemporary styling while sympathetically embracing its heritage. Sandstrom’s an entertainer’s delight, the traditional frontage opens to flowing interiors and outstanding outdoor space.

A house with a picket fence, leadlight windows, and a knockout established manicured garden. There’s so much to love about this tucked away gem in the heart of Mayfield.

 

Stunning private verandah, gorgeous feature hall entry, and three spacious bedrooms.

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The kitchen is flooded with natural light thanks to the concertina doors, which open onto the sun-drenched North facing covered alfresco.

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This home brings together the functionality of a family home with ease of creating a livable space perfect for entertaining.

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To find out more contact Ben by clicking here.

 

The Elements at Hillcrest

Nature never goes out of fashion; so earthy slate was chosen for the kitchen and bathrooms, while exposed timber beams connect you to the surrounding bushland.

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30 years ago, an architect had finished drawing up a large formal design for 1 Raymond Street, Speers Point when the owners started researching pole homes.

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They began exploring the idea of incorporating exposed beams, texture and and layered living; much like the surrounding hillside – and they knew that this is what the home should reflect.

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Nature never goes out of fashion; so earthy slate was chosen for the kitchen and bathrooms, while exposed timber beams connect you to the surrounding bushland.

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The front balcony and cleverly placed windows ensure a view of the blue shimmering lake sparkling below.

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Like the branches of a tree, there are 4 levels that layer warm family living areas with quiet nooks.

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From the welcoming formal entry hall to private areas like the rear sunroom and ground floor rumpus room.

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Wide open spaces with beautiful views over the suburbs and lake; no matter your mood – you’ll find your space here.

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Sounds of laugher and games from the in-ground pool float up to the northerly al-fresco balcony;

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while the song of whip birds, rosellas and lorikeets rings out from the treetops beside the windows.

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Inside, a fireplace in the living room invites you to sit beside it in the colder months listening to records, while keeping the dining loft warm for entertaining.

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The kitchen will never be bare when there is a productive vegetable garden downstairs, fresh pumpkins, herbs and greens at always hand.

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And a view like this from the kitchen window –  yes please!

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A large room used as a study on level 2 has built in library style shelving, and views direct to the treetops.

The rear sunroom would be perfect for a studio space with direct access to the backyard and the current owners once used it as a perfect little sanctuary for their pottery sculpting.

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The landscape gardens include formal hedging of gardenias, fresh vegetable garden, shady paved garden dining area, whimsical pond, and flower gardens with winding paths – a garden for each season.

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All 3 bedrooms enjoy a view, of either the gardens or the water.

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The master bedroom features 2 walk in robes, an ensuite and exceptional lake scenery.

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A home that is full of light, music, texture and nature; a home full of life; all the elements are at play here for you to a life in your element.

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To learn more about this Raymond Street, Speers Point property: head over to Villager Property 

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Centrally Speaking

Sean Blakemore is abuzz with momentum – there’s a bright smile on his face and energy in his step. Rightfully so, because there’s a lot for him to be excited about.

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Sean Blakemore is abuzz with momentum – there’s a bright smile on his face and energy in his step.  Rightfully so, because there’s a lot for him to be excited about.
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Sean’s wife recently gave birth to their beautiful daughter, Edie and while taking on the role of new Dad, Sean is also taking on the sole ownership and management of Central.

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Sean opened Central in October 2014 with a business partner, building the furniture, designing the special touches of the interior and ensuring that the rich history of the building (a former church, theatre and cinema) were all reflected.

The authenticity of the building has kept it warm and inviting.

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Central may only be 2 years old next month but this isn’t a new passion for Sean. Hospitality and adventures are kind of his jam.

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For 10 years Sean worked at Custom’s House on a year on / year off basis, using his time off to backpack and work his way around Europe and North America.

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“I spent a while working at Planet Hollywood in Piccadilly Circus, which was great. I got so much inspiration and experience to bring back home,” Sean says as he creates one of his speciality teapot cocktails.

“It was all a great big mixed bag of experience – it makes you grow as a person.”

Back in Newcastle, Sean is happy to be apart of a strong community where he is a well known local.

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“I grew up in The Hill, went to school here and played rugby for South’s alongside Ben.”

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You will see Sean making the most of the convenient inner city lifestyle: scooting around town travelling from home to Central, the beach and all around Newcastle on his Vespa.

Nowadays, when he is not spending time with his new daughter, Sean is working hard at Central, which is now home to a cafe in the front foyer, restaurant and bar inside – an amazing venue for live events and functions.

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“We ensure all our produce is sourced locally: from the fresh ingredients in the kitchen, to local wine from the Hunter Valley and an exclusive range of craft beer from Matilda Bay Brewing Co.”

“The building here at Central just begs for live entertainment, and thats something I’ve always done here is to remain true to the building and the local community,” Sean tells us proudly. “I just love the buzz of the place!”

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Villager property are holding an event at Central 145 later in September, click here for more details 

Mark Hughes- A foundation of Support

There are many reasons to love the Newcastle community, but Marks story reminds us of the incredibly supportive environment in which we live.

It’s a sunny August morning in Hamilton and we’ve stopped in to catch up with Mark Hughes.

We have a chat about beanies, gratitude, the Kokoda trail and a magic ball.

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There are many reasons to love the Newcastle community, but Marks story reminds us of the incredibly supportive environment in which we live.

Mark grew up in the town of Kurri Kurri before moving to Newcastle to play for the Knights. He now resides in the beachside community of Merewether with his wife Kiralee and their 3 children.

“I love living in Newcastle,” Mark says. “It really does have that big community feel.”

Mark played for the Newcastle Knights from 1997 until 2005, and played for the NSW State of Origin team in 2001, thus making Mark a celebrated Novocastrian.

After seeing a doctor about recurring headaches, in 2013 at the age of 36, Mark was diagnosed with brain cancer. An emotional journey that brought his family and community close together, banding for support.

Mark and Kiralee subsequently began the Mark Hughes Foundation. The foundation partners with the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI), raising funds to help find a cure for brain cancer. In January 2016  The Foundation appointed a Brain Cancer Care Nurse within the John Hunter Hospital.

“The Brain Cancer Care Nurse is focused 100% on the brain cancer patients at John Hunter Hospital,” Mark informs us. “A great support for patients to have a nurse that is committed to their condition.”

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The Foundation has raised over $250,000 through the MHF Beanies for Brain Cancer fundraiser, hosted the Magic Ball with over 600 local participants, organised charity auctions, received donations from numerous local families and businesses and has even had Paul “The Chief” Harrigan going on the national TV program Im A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! to win $50,000 for the cause.

The response from the community is a massive source of inspiration for Mark, Kiralee and the MHF who work tirelessly to offer support for brain cancer patients and their families.

Sitting on the sunny deck of Mark’s Hamilton office, we talk about the importance of the foundation, “Our biggest goal of course is to find a cure – but we are also aiming for more awareness of brain cancer,” Mark says. “Brain cancer is the biggest killer of people under 40 – more than any other cancer – and we need more attention to this in the media and more funding for research.”

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Mark and 17 others recently completed a Kokoda Trail “Coast to Coast” challenge: riding 130kms from the Northern tip of Papua New Guinea to the track, trekking the 100km trail and then riding another 70kms to Port Moresby.

“It was physically and emotionally challenging – yeah it was hard,” said Mark, “but I was also inspired to be with those 17 others and raising $150,000 for the foundation.”

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Since beginning his journey with brain cancer, the overwhelming story of support for Mark and the Foundation is what really stands out.

The Newcastle community, and national community too, reaching out with assistance and funding.

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Here at Villager Property, Mark’s foundation is very important to us, especially for our Villager Rod, who donates $500 from every sale commission (currently totalling $3,000) to MHF in honour of his nephew, a young brain cancer survivor.

“We have great support from the community,” Mark tells us, “and I do tackle every day as it comes – but I am very lucky and I am very grateful.”

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Strawberries and Cells

“At times it would get hard,” Raewyn admits, “And sometimes I would feel disheartened – but my Aunt Jenny who was battling cancer at the time had said to me “You have to do this!” And I knew I could.”

This week we caught up with local Newcastle Scientist Raewyn Billings.

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Raewyn specializes in molecular biology, genetics and cancer research and is currently working at the John Hunter Hospital as a Translational Scientist.

Seeing as we had arrived to write a blog on this interesting local, we needed a little more clarification. “So what exactly does a Translational Scientist do?” We ask.


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“I develop new testing and techniques that will be validated and put into clinical testing, which helps speed up turn around times for certain genetic tests. I look at DNA all day!”

As we share a delicious fruit platter, Raewyn tells us about the long spiraling ladder that is DNA, “It’s the recipe for every living thing,” she tells us excitedly.

“DNA and RNA are used to create proteins and give instructions for the shape and formation of proteins – they’re like a secret code.”

After further conversation about exome sequencing, clinical diagnostics and genomes, Raewyn decides to break things down for us more simply… and deliciously.

“I’ll show you,” she laughs. “Lets extract some DNA from these strawberries.”

Sure, why not!

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So as we got to work extracting from the berries in the lab, we also got to work extracting the story of Raewyn’s journey into genetics.

“I have always been the girl who had to figure things out,” Raewyn tells us while cutting up berries and pureeing them.

“I had a dream to work in forensics. When I was in Year 10 I started a petition so that our science classes would include forensic lessons. Mr Cook was the teacher and he eventually gave in – we did some fingerprinting and some other things.”

After school, Raewyn followed her passion for science and gained her Biotech – Medical Forensics degree working in Anatomical Pathology and Molecular Genetics.

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It was in 2006 that Raewyn’s dream of being a forensic scientist would become a reality, as she was successful in gaining a role as a Scene of Crime Officer based in Gosford.

For almost 6 years Raewyn attended high volume crime scenes, gathering and examining evidence.

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“I loved my job but something was missing. I missed the lab work and started to realise that my real passion was genetics.”
Through close personal family and friends being affected by cancer, Raewyn felt the push to further her study into medical genetics.

“I applied to the UBC – one of the top medical science universities in the world – and was so excited to get in! I had to leave my family here in Newcastle and move to Vancouver and spend my life savings to do it. But I knew it was my calling.”

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Raewyn scoops out a long piece of white string (DNA) from the strawberry goop with an aura of fascination that can only come from someone who is passionate and engaged with their work.

We talk about Raewyn’s time in Vancouver, Canada while studying her Masters of Science, Medical Genetics.

“At times it would get hard,” Raewyn admits, “and sometimes I would feel disheartened – but my Aunt Jenny who was battling cancer at the time had said to me “You have to do this” and I knew I could.”

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Her Thesis on simulating the human tumour heterogenteity using cancer cell line mixtures sits proudly in front of us as proof that she could – and she did.

An impressive undertaking on the understanding of the evolution of a tumor and a revelation on finding the culprit cell that is driving any one particular tumor, so that the correct treatment can be administered.

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Another passion formed in Canada for Raewyn and that was photography and the online social community of Instagram.

“I find photography an amazing outlet for creativity and to use another part of my brain away from all the pressures of science,” Raewyn says. “I’m an avid adventurer, so I utilised my time in Vancouver to make the most of the amazing hikes and scenery there.”

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Raewyns Canadian adventures became quite popular on Instagram gaining over 50,000  followers, however she now gladly shares her adventures back home in Newcastle.

“I am glad to be back home in Newy, it’s such an amazing place to live: the beaches, the opportunities and of course the wonderful community,” Raewyn tells us.

She is now contemplating her next move: a PHD with the University of Newcastle while simultaneously working in the lab to help produce results for cancer patients, all while enjoying Novocastrian life back home.

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Newcastle is a thriving and supportive community, and from what we learned from Raewyn about the spiraling ladder of DNA (that tells proteins how to form in the right shape), we are happy to know that our community is an amazing building block that supports it’s villagers, creating an abundance of vibrant life.

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